“I wished like crazy that the pain I saw in his eyes was the same as mine: the one you feel when you discover that the one you love was in love with someone else.”
Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it’s a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend’s happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?
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There are stories that I love simply because I can relate so much to them. Like someone out there manage to write a story so close to me that I can picture myself inside it. This short novel is one of those stories. Most of the lines are familiar that I can easily picture myself or real people in my life saying those words, just like this one below
“But what if this doesn’t work out?” I asked, my voice cracking a little. “What if he still doesn’t choose me?”
Meah reached for my hand and gave it a squeeze as she smiled sadly. “Then it’s really time to let go.”
I’ve heard those words many times before, maybe not exactly the way it was delivered but same thoughts and arguments. It was like an echo of my friends words for me years ago. Surprisingly though, I’m not like the main character in this novel who falls in love with her guy best friend, because I don’t have a guy best friend. But there is this guy…I won’t discuss our story here but let just say some of the things in the story mirror my personal experiences. So yeah, I can relate to Rain so much!
Like Rain I also work in IT field, those programming jobs, the meetings and deadlines – those things are so easy to picture for me. Also, like Rain I have this habit of over thinking things, especially someone else thoughts and feelings. But I think I lessened that habit now compare to years back. I guess experience thought me to stop over analyzing things especially those things I don’t have control to. But reading Rain doing the over thinking is like seeing the old version of me. To the point that I want to tell Rain to stop over thinking and just confront the person involve. See, I’m more invested to Rain than I’m supposed to for a fictional character. I want her to do things the right way (if what I know is really the right way). Because as I can see, it so obvious what Mark really feels and I don’t understand why Rain cannot see or doubting it. I understand her concern, that she doesn’t want to lose their friendship if she push her feelings, but the way I see it there’s nothing to lose anymore, not after they lose communication for a long time.
Mark as the love interest is simply charming. Who wouldn’t love a guy best friend who will always be there for you? Like a knight-in-shining-armor who will conquer a lot of things just to make sure you are safe and happy. If only I have my own Mark in my life. I guess that’s more realistic than wishing other fictional characters I love, specially those guy lead from fantasy novels I’ve read. Anyway, so back to Mark. I like how Ana written him with a bit of mystery — not the paranormal kind with all dark secrets like that, but the kind where you will second guess his actions. Mainly because the book is written in Rain’s point of view which is clouded with over thinking most of the time. So yeah, Rain’s over thinking personality will possibly make’s some readers doubt Mark.
Other than the romance, Fall Like Rain also managed to show other kind of relationships through Rain’s friends, relatives, and office mates. These people around Rain helps show Rain’s depth and personality. And they also give extra color to the story.
Fall Like Rain maybe felt like a typical love story of falling-in-love-with-your-best-friend but nevertheless an enjoyable read. A short quick read that is flowing with feelings and emotions. Contemporary romance readers will surely enjoy this short novel from Ana Tejano.
About Ana Tejano
Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a marketing lead for a multinational company by day, manages a book club, and serves in her church community in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).
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